BREAKING NEWS: Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2013-14 Season- HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, OLIVER!, GREASE & More!
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by BWW News Desk
Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has just announced the lineup for its 75th Anniversary Season, featuring five musicals, at least one with plans to move to New York City.
Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2013-2014 season with a world- premiere musical heading for Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the Castle Rock Entertainment motion picture of the same title. Honeymoon in Vegas features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman (director and screenwriter of the film). Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct. This this insanely funny musical tells the tale of Jack Singer, a guy with an extraordinary fear of marriage, who finally overcomes his phobia and goes to Las Vegas to wed his long-time girlfriend Betsy. Honeymoon in Vegas will star television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza as 'Tommy Kormana', a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love.
Just in time for the holidays, Paper Mill Playhouse will present one of the most beloved and celebrated musicals of all time, Oliver! Dickens' larger-than-life characters will sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including "Food Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," "As Long As He Needs Me," "Who Will Buy," and "Consider Yourself."
Escape the winter blues with a new musical comedy The Other Josh Cohen. The New York Times says this about The Other Josh Cohen: "Superb and sweetly funny ...infectious Neil Diamond-inspired score... The Other Josh Cohen is an endearing and consistently funny crowd pleaser. I'd advise you to buy tickets now."
In April, Paper Mill Playhouse showcases one of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific. South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious tropical island during WWII. This musical masterpiece by Rodgers and Hammerstein boasts remarkable songs that transcend time - "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Hai," "Younger Than Springtime," "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" and many more.
Paper Mill Playhouse closes its 75th Anniversary Season with an audience favorite, Grease. A rock-n-roll celebration of growing up and falling in love set in the fabulous '50s. The world's #1 musical and America's favorite, will burst on to the Paper Mill stage in an all-new production.
"I could not be happier with this lineup to celebrate our 75th Anniversary," commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater. "Paper Mill Playhouse's direction is clear. With Newsies, a hit on Broadway, LES MISERABLES heading to Broadway in 2014 and at least one show in our upcoming season with Broadway plans, Paper Mill Playhouse is THE place to premiere a production with Broadway aspirations. This delightful lineup has something for everyone, and you can see it at Paper Mill Playhouse first."
"What a fantastic season to celebrate Paper Mill Playhouse's 75th Anniversary," remarked Managing Director Todd Schmidt. "We are proud to have created an irresistible lineup of stories you know and love, glorious music and many memorable moments of theater magic. Of course, none of what we do would be possible without the generous support of our donors, subscribers, patrons, foundations and corporate partners including the season support from our friends at Investors Bank."
"Investors Bank is proud to continue their support of Paper Mill Playhouse for their 2013-2014 season," said Kevin Cummings, President and CEO. "Paper Mill Playhouse provides accessibility to Broadway quality, theatrical performances outside of the hustle of a city environment. This allows theater patrons the chance to experience superb performances in a local theater atmosphere while also supporting their community. Paper Mill's outreach partnerships with not-for-profit organizations create a win-win. We are honored to be a partner with the Paper Mill Playhouse as their mission closely mirrors Investors Bank's in improving the communities we serve. We wish them continued success with the new season's performances."
Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at $87. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see www.papermill.org for details). Single tickets will go on sale this June starting at just $27. Student rush tickets are $27 and are available the day of the performance in person with current student ID. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Titles, casting and dates subject to change.
Honeymoon in Vegas
September 26 through October 27, 2013
A world-premiere musical heading for Broadway from Paper Mill Playhouse starring television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza (Who's the Boss, Taxi)! Based on the hit movie, this insanely funny musical tells the tale of Jack Singer, a guy with an extraordinary fear of marriage, who finally overcomes his phobia and goes to Las Vegas to wed his long-time girlfriend Betsy. Enter Tommy Korman (Danza), a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. Tommy spots Betsy, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, and the game is afoot. The author of the comedy classics The In-Laws and The Freshman and the Tony-winning composer of The Last Five Years team up to create a side-splitting musical with all the glitz, fun, and brassy glamor of a night out in Las Vegas! See this hilarious world premiere before it goes to Broadway - only at Paper Mill Playhouse!
November 21 through December 29, 2013
Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart
Adapted from the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, this is one of the most beloved and celebrated musicals of all time. You will be enthralled from the start with this miraculous tale of a young orphan in his quest to find home and family amidst the seedy underground of Victorian London. Dickens' larger-than-life characters will sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including "Food Glorious Food", "I'd Do Anything," "As Long As He Needs Me," "Who Will Buy," and "Consider Yourself." Don't miss this extraordinary musical with a holiday TWIST for the entire family.
The Other Josh Cohen
February 19, through March 16, 2014
Losing everything is just the beginning. In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. He's single, broke and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed on his least favorite day of the year - Valentine's Day. Just when it seems all hope is lost, a mysterious check arrives in the mail that could change his life forever. The New York Times calls it "Superb and sweetly funny." "It's Seinfeld meets Rodgers and Hart directed by Woody Allen," raved Backstage. This delectable new musical makes its way from off-Broadway to the Paper Mill stage and beyond.
April 9 through May 4, 2014
One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush, exotic and mysterious tropical island during WWII. This musical masterpiece by Rodgers and Hammerstein (creators of The Sound of Music) boasts remarkable songs that transcend time - "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Hai," "Younger Than Springtime," "There Is Nothing Like A Dame" and many more. Only Paper Mill Playhouse can give you the grandeur and the intimacy of this unforgettable theatrical experience, a truly enchanted evening of musical theater.
May 28 through June 29, 2014
A rock-n-roll celebration of growing up and falling in love set in the Fabulous Fifties. The world's #1 musical and America's favorite, bursts on to the Paper Mill stage in an all new production. Grease strikes a universal chord with an irresistible mix of fast cars and first loves. It's Danny and Sandy, the Greasers and The Pink Ladies. It's a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs. This is the show that'll make you want to stand up and shout, 'A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!'
Paper Mill Playhouse offers our audience an opportunity to enhance their theater experience with behind the scenes views of our main-stage productions. Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek behind the curtain? Or wondered what the director was thinking, or how the cast prepares for a show? Well, here's your chance! Join us for one of many revealing insider's experiences. Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website at www.papermill.org for dates for our Director's Viewpoint Series, Conversation Club Series, Q&A With the Cast and more.
Paper Mill Playhouse offers people with disabilities the opportunity to see live theater with dignity and independence through our myriad of award-winning access programs and services, including: audio description and sensory seminars for the blind, Braille and large-print programs, American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf, open-captioning for those with hearing loss, and assistive listening devices.
Paper Mill Playhouse will host numerous special events surrounding its 75th Anniversary, including a gallery exhibit highlighting the history of this historic theater. Details will be made available regarding special events in the coming months.
Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.